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JAMB set to begin verification of centres for 2020 CBT UTME

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it is set to commence the verification of centres that may be considered for use ahead of preparations for its 2020 all computer-based Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The Head, Media and Information of the board, Dr Fabian Benjamin, made the disclosure to the Nigeria News Agency on Friday in Lagos.

According to him, preparations are already in top gear by the board to ensure that set standards for the smooth execution of the exercise is intact.

“We have concluded plans to kick start the centre verification as part of preparations to ensure a smooth conduct of the 2020 UTME nationwide.

“We will likely commence the exercise not later than Monday, Nov. 18, and we plan to use at least 700 well accredited centres across the country.

“The board in its usual penchant for excellence will not accept anything short of what is expected of the centres that wish to participate in the examination,” Benjamin told NAN.

“We have laid down rules and regulations guiding the use of any centre and as such, we expect that owners of centres who intend to collaborate with the board in ensuring the success of this upcoming examination will have no choice than to meet such rules or stay away.

“Those who are genuine stakeholders of our examinations are already aware of our position in the fight against examination infractions and other forms of sharp practices.

“They also know about the board’s zero tolerance in any behaviour of a person or group of persons that intend to undermine the integrity of our examination or that of the board.’’

The spokesman dissociated the board from reports making the rounds by a group of individuals in some sections of the media that JAMB’s move to commence the centre verification was allegedly of a short notice, ill-timed and designed to push a lot of the centre owners out of business.

He said that the board did not recognise this group, who call themselves Owners of CBT Centre Proprietors Association of Nigeria (CTAN) whom, according to him, had called a news conference to raise the allegation against the board.

“It is regrettable that this persons under whatever guise are trying to create confusion, heat up the polity and mislead the innocent public with this sort of propaganda.

“The fact remains that no amount of blackmail or intimidation will stop us from doing what is right before the law and to the interest of our children and the development of our country in general.

“We will go ahead with the centre verification any moment from today nationwide and nothing will stop us from achieving this.

“Those genuine centre owners who have been partnering with us over the years in ensuring that we carry out a seamless exercise and who do not have anything to hide, to the best of our knowledge, should be ready at any given time to face the verification,” he told NAN.

Benjamin added: “This is because such centre owners have their integrity at stake and knows what is demanded of them in a bid to collectively sanitise our education system and take this country to its desired position.

“We wish to state unequivocally that the board will not succumb to any cheap backmail in a bid to do what is right, just as we will not hesitate to mete out appropriate sanctions to centres that would at one point or the other decide to compromise the integrity of the examination.’’

Benjamin also said that for any centre to pass the verification test, it must strive to provide all the necessary requirements needed, as the board would not compromise on the quality of centres to be used.

He therefore, implored genuine CBT centre owners not to be deterred by the antics of any group of individuals seeking to distract the public.

Benjamin assured Nigerians of the commitment of the board to create conducive environment that would ensure that the businesses of these genuine centre owners continued to thrive.

(Editing by Peter Ejiofor)

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Don tasks Nigerian graduates on human capital devt.

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Prof. Ayobami Ojebode, a lecturer at the University of Ibadan, on Thursday urged Nigerian graduates to invest in themselves through human capital development and creativity for a better life.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Ojebode stated this at the 34th edition of the convocation lecture of The Polytechnic, Ibadan.

Ojebode, who spoke on the topic, ‘The Dream, Challenges and Reality of the Contemporary Nigeria for Fresh graduates,’ said graduates must be well informed and harness technology to their advantage.

He highlighted the challenges and reality of the economic situation in the country, adding that the present administration’s policy if well implemented will bring succour in the long run.

The Economic Recovery Plan of President Muhammadu Buhari administrati, on is envisioned to have the potential of leading to better economic performance under certain conditions, with emphasis on industrialisation and agricultural development.

The Economic Recovery Growth Plan may on the long run impact and protect the economy from the shocks it experiences as the prices of crude oil undulate. There is hope, but then there are also apprehensions,” he said.

Ojebode enumerated effectsn of unemployment on some of who are personality

He urged employers in the country to stop complaining about the poor quality of the Nigerian graduates but to invest in graduate training.

Employers and potential employers must come out that exploitative illusion and begin to invest in graduate training.

Expecting graduates to serve your organisation without an in-house training is like trying to reap where you did not sow.

Graduates are like hardware computers; sound and strong as a computer may be, it does not begin to run  your staff salary programmes or your results computation the moment you buy it,” Ojebode said.

The don however charged graduates to fully prepare and develop themselves so that the labour market would become a true market, where people of equal status meet.

He said “We should work towards a labour market that empowers job seekers to negotiate and make choices, that is what a true market is and that is what our national labour dream should be, not just about fighting for minimum wage.”

Ojebode said graduates should maximize the use of their smartphones to create opportunities for themselves.

“To survive this reality of contemporary Nigeria, the graduate must be well informed: what do you do with your phone beyond idle chat and online gossip about politicians and popstars? What newspaper are you reading?

“Despite all I have said about our politicians, how many people here know that the Federal Government of Nigeria has a business support project reputed to be among the most transparent in recent times?

I am referring to the GEM project which has transferred millions in Grant’s to over 950 businesses. How many know of the Tony Elumelu Foundation giving out millions of naira to young people who can demonstrate creativity and serious mindedness.

“Right this week, that Foundation awarded about 1.7 million naira each to 2,100 young people as grants to start their own businesses. “And, this is just one of the several foundations in Nigeria doing such things,” Ojebode said.

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OAU to become hub of aeronautic engineering-VC

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The Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, says the institution would soon become the hub of aeronautic and aerospace engineering studies in Nigeria.

Ogunbodede said this in his address at the university’s 44th Convocation held on Thursday in Ile-Ife.

He said that a departmental building was already under construction,  adding that none of the federal Universities across the country currently offers a programme in the field.

According to him, OAU is taking up this challenge in order to open up an entirely new paradigm of innovation in learning and practice of aeronautics in Nigeria.

The vice-chancellor also said that the university was collaborating with interested government agencies and corporate organisations to construct an airstrip.

He said that the air strip would not only serve as a training ground for the planned aeronautic engineering programme of the university, but would also assist in ameliorating the burden of air travel in Osun.

Ogunbodede stated that OAU was also partnering with Troyka Nigeria Limited to start a unique programme in Media and Communication studies with the construction of a Media School as well as television station.

The vice-chancellor further said that OAU would soon generate its own electricity to last 24 hours a day,  attributing this to the education programme of the Federal Government which was providing 8.03 Mega Watts Gas-powered turbine stand-alone electricity generating system.

Moving off the national grid would enable the university to save between N35 million and N65 million, ” he added.

Ogunbodede also said that the National Universities Commission (NUC) had conducted a general accreditation across all universities, .

He expressed confidence that the university would record 100 percent success when the outcome of the exercise was made public.

The courses involved, he said, were Law; Dentistry, Botany, Applied Arts and Home Economics.

Ogunbodede stated further that OAU was reviewing the curricular of all academic programmes which would train their graduands to be job creators and not job-seekers.

All graduates of OAU will be equipped with entrepreneurial knowledge in addition to vocational training that will allow them acquire at least one skill that would ensure survival in the era of massive unemployment.

“Such skills would include: Metal works, Wood works, Leather works, Aluminium fabrication, Paint-making, Fashion Designing, Photography, Film Production and Editing, Agribusiness, Block-making Kerbs and interlocking, Hair-Dressing, Barbing and Cosmetology and ICT,” he said.

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Gov. Sanwo-Olu to perform groundbreaking of free school in Lagos

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Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos is expected to be the guest of honour as Omega Power Ministries (OPM) performs the groundbreaking of its free school for the less privileged children in Lagos.

The General Overseer of OPM and the President of OPM Foundation, Apostle Chibuzor Chinyere, disclosed this on Thursday in an interview with Nigeria News Agency .

Chinyere said that the primary and secondary school when completed in 2020 would admit about 1,000 pupils and students from less privileged families.

He said the Lagos school would be the 14th on the list of OPM existing free schools nationwide.

The OPM founder explained that the aim was to ensure that children of the less privileged in the country have access to free and quality education within a safe learning environment.

Our schools are for the less privileged children all over the world and as such we will also go to West African countries like Niger, Benin Republic and Ghana.

We will also go to Kenya, Burundi, and other African countries before we go to Asia and other continents, but our vision is to cover the whole world.

There is usually this fear of managing population of intakes, but I can tell you that before I bought a bus for our school in Abia, some children trek for over two hours to come to school every morning and work another two hours home.

These are children between the ages of 7 and 10; their parents don’t have money to give them for transportation but God finally provided a school bus for us and we are using it to convey them.

I was scared when we started it 10 years ago but because I was doing something right before God, the resources started coming in.

It is worthy of note that we give four pairs of school uniforms free to each person, free sandals and free feeding in all our school and Lagos will not be an exception,” Chinyere said.

According to him, the students and pupils are also given beverages, Milk and Milo, on regular occasion to compliment the schools free feeding programme.

The cleric also said that a programme titled “Something Good Must Happen in Lagos State” between Dec. 13 and Dec. 15 to prepare the minds of Christians ahead of Christmas.

It will be an opportunity to tell those in Lagos to put their trust in God because man can fail them but God cannot fail or disappoint them.

NAN reports that OPM currently operates 13 free primary and secondary schools in Rivers, Bayelsa and Abia states.

It would be recalled that the National Association of Nigerian Student (NANS) had in June honoured the OPM founder with an award of Icon of Free Education in Nigeria because of his contributions in the education sector.

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Unilorin committed to conserving Ilorin cultural heritage -VC

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Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, has said the institution was committed to enhancing academic endeavours and understanding unique history of Ilorin emirate.

Abdulkareem stated this on Thursday in Ilorin during the Book Launch and Award Presentations by the Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies of the University.

The Book was entitled:”Human Security and the Survival of Ilorin Culture”.

The Vice-Chancellor stated that the University believes in sustaining the mutual benefit between host community and the academics.

He added that the Centre for Ilorin Studies was as a result of International best practices of strengthening the relationship with immediate communities.

Abdulkareem added that it is an opportunity to immortalize the works of great scholars associated with the birth or any other lineage with Ilorin.

In her address, Dame Pauline Tallen, Minister of Women Affairs, said that the title of the book is apt, as security implies freedom from danger, encompassing measures put in place to safeguard lives and property from harm or loss.

Tallen, who was represented by Mrs Eletu Aduke, Director Women Affairs, added that violence negates activities, discourages investors, leads to capital flight and reduce investment and create high unemployment.

She pointed out that most times women are at the receiving end during conflict, adding that women’s contributions to conflict resolution cannot be overlooked.

The women peace and security agenda promote the view that effective incorporation of gender perspective and women’s rights have a positive impact on the lives of everyone in conflict area,” she said.

Dr Ibrahim Jawondo, the Director of the Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies of the University, said the centre is charged with the responsibility of collecting, cataloguing and preserving Ilorin-related studies, in form of artifact, manuscript and publications.

He also explained that scholars have discovered that the history of Ilorin Emirate is connected to history of different groups in Nigeria and beyond.

Ilorin is not only regarded as cultural melting pot, a local Mecca but also a super diplomat whose influences has spread far and wide and is indelible,” he said.

Nigeria News Agency reports that highlights of the programme include presentation of meritorious awards to Sen. Bola Tinubu, Alhaji Sani Zangon-Daura and Alhaji Abubakar Kawu-Baraje among others.

Recipient of the Post-humous awards also included late Alhaja Jeminatu Isama and late Alhaja Aishat Sulu-Gambari.

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Expert seeks industry-govt. collaboration on STEM education

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Mr David Afolayan, an Information Technology expert, says industry collaboration with government on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education will help students understand and proffer solutions to the nation’s challenges.

Afolayan, who is the Chief Executive Officer of GIS Konsult, Ibadan, stated this in Ibadan on Thursday in an exclusive interview with the Nigeria News Agency .

According to him, Nigeria can leapfrog into technological development by fostering relationship between industries and the academics.

He noted that most of the developed countries did the same when they reinvented their education sector to be technology and innovation driven.

In most developed countries, technology has been fully incorporated into education and it is being deployed by pupils and students to solve real life challenges.

Environmental issues are also being addressed through technology by primary and secondary school students because they had mentors from the industry.

We can adopt this method also; those in the industries can reach out to schools to assist with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.

Students will learn better under this method and solutions can then come from them to solve our problems, because they don’t just cram to pass in this instance, but understand what is being taught and applying it will be easy.

Former President Barack Obama of USA, during his administration, did collaboration between the industry and the academics, which he called ‘ConnectED’ and the collaboration paid off greatly.

Our students are not just competing with their counterparts here but globally as well; so we need to prepare them adequately to be the best wherever they find themselves.

I believe having mentors and role models from the industry is the way forward because government cannot do it all alone,” he said.

Afolayan further said that the quest to contribute his quota in promoting education led to his collaboration with the Association of Nigerian Geographers.

The collaboration with the association since 2015 was to empower the teaching of Geography in secondary schools and promote the subject as important in understanding other science subjects.

Over the years, more than 500 lecturers and volunteers have keyed into this vision of mentoring schools and we have foreign collaborators as well, like the manufacturer of GIS software who gave software grants to schools.

We started with 200 schools and now, we have resources for all the schools in Nigeria; we have GEO-AWARENESS programmes for secondary school students and GEOHACTHON for their tertiary institution counterparts.

This has helped them to come up with amazing solutions to the various challenges facing the country, Afolayan said.

He underscored the importance of incorporating technology into education, saying this was the way to go in revamping the sector in Nigeria.

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